Why do you have a smartwatch? Are you going for smart with support for various apps or for tracking sports activities as extensively as possible? And how important do you think the design is? Although many smartwatch manufacturers try to find a combination, you always have to make concessions. Huawei is trying to find the perfect combination with the new Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is a premium smartwatch that combines a luxurious design with a wide choice of health and fitness functions. You can immediately see that this model has a luxurious design by the titanium housing, sapphire glass and the ceramic back. We received the luxury 46 mm model as a test sample with an AMOLED screen of 1.43-inch and a resolution of 466 by 466 pixels. It also has a titanium link bracelet and costs 499 euros. The clock is also available with a fluoroelastomer strap for 369 euros or with a leather strap for 389 euros. The price difference is purely due to the material of the strap, because the clock is identical. There is also a smaller 43mm ceramic version with sapphire glass and a ceramic front and back (1.32-inch display) available in two variants for 499 and 599 euros respectively. The display is also slightly smaller at 1.32 inches.
Luxurious design and many sports functions
Huawei belongs to the top when it comes to design, because this watch exudes pure class. The titanium part consists of one whole with clean lines and curves. On the right side we find two buttons. At the top there is a large round crown, also made of titanium with which you can scroll through the menu or change the volume. Pressing opens the menu. Below that we find a programmable button for, for example, your workouts. This is also for making an EKG video, only this function will only be rolled out later this year. The titanium strap is nevertheless also just a quick release strap of 22 mm. So you can easily use a different watch strap. The watch is solidly built and can take a beating due to the materials used.
The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro uses Harmony OS and that is a difference with Lite OS of the Watch GT 2 Pro. Do you see that difference? Well no, actually not. The interface is almost identical. At least if you choose the vertical list with all possibilities and apps. You can also choose the new grid. It all appears just a bit flashier, but an experienced user can immediately find his or her way on the smartwatch. The accompanying Huawei Health app does not change either. You have plenty of health and fitness functions at your disposal and can track more than 100 sports. New are, among other things, the freediving mode and the extensive possibilities for golf. Dual-Band Five-system GNSS provides accurate location data for any sport
Accurate GPS and excellent battery
What exactly do you need in a smartwatch? The Apple Watch and Wear OS watches are very popular and indeed the smartest smartwatches packed with features and available apps, but the poor battery life (embarrassingly bad even) and the limited sports tracking functions are not always suitable for athletes. However, not everyone wants a ‘smartphone on the wrist’. You can also go for a real sports watch from Polar or Garmin, but that is often less stylish. Huawei falls in between the two parties in that regard. Not as smart as the Apple Watch or Wear OS watches and not as many sports options as a real smart sports watch. What the smartwatch does have is an incredibly good battery life of two weeks, a fantastic high-end design and yet enough smart functions and many sports options for most consumers. It is not for nothing that Huawei is in second place worldwide when it comes to sales of smartwatches and fitness trackers after Apple.
For example, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is equipped with ip68 and 5ATM ratings for water resistance. This helps with the new freediving feature, as you can dive up to 100 feet (30 meters) with this watch, displaying dive data such as speed, depth and duration, including safety reminders. There is also a new function for golf, where golf swing data such as backswing and downswing and a driving range mode are available. Of course, sports such as walking, running, cycling, exercise bikes, mountaineering, hiking and various other sports are also supported. From table tennis to rollerblading. In total, you have more than 100 workout modes that are accurately displayed thanks to Dual-Band Five-System GNSS. After each workout, you will find extensive data in the Huawei Health app such as your route, heart rate, pace, cadence, altitude and your performance based on aerobic and anaerobic training effects. Your recovery time is also displayed and you can get started with the AI running coach or measure your VO2 Max.
The GPS is also very accurate. A fix is quickly found and almost all bends are well taken during a mountain bike tour. You really have a tight line over the course when you then look back at the route without any fluctuations or weird deviations. Looking back in the app at the height measurements, I do have my doubts, that does not seem to correspond to reality. During real efforts, the heart rate also seems to display just a few beats per minute too little, but that is inherent in such wrist measurements. In any case, the GPS works great and are you lost? Then you can easily find the starting point again with the trackback option. It is therefore no longer possible to get lost with this watch. There is no need to be afraid of being left in the woods with an empty battery. The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro easily reaches the 14 days, even with the heart rate measurements and with a GPS route every day.
By default, the display is set to ‘Show on wrist lift’. So it turns on when you raise your arm and that works fine. It also saves battery. If you want to, you can also use the Always On Display, but then the battery will naturally run out much faster. Speaking of that display, it can use an automatic brightness and is actually easy to read everywhere, both in the bright sun and at night. The AMOLED screen is razor sharp with good contrast and bright colors. The screen is very difficult to photograph, so the pictures here on the page don’t do justice to the excellent display.
On board we find various sensors for heart rate, Sp02, sleep and stress. In the latest update during the test period, a measurement for detection of arterial stiffness has also been added. You can also measure the skin temperature this time. The heart rate seems accurate compared to other models and a chest strap monitor, at least at rest. During exercise, the differences become somewhat larger, but that is often the case with all wrist measurements, regardless of which device you use. You can record Bluetooth conversations directly on the smartwatch and your conversation partner can be heard clearly through the speaker. You can put music on the watch and play it, just like you can control Bluetooth speakers and even Spotify from your wrist by pausing music or choosing previous and next songs. This model has a storage of 32 GB, so more than enough for all your music. If connected to a phone, you can also record and make phone calls via the built-in speaker, which all works fine. Notifications also come in clearly and you can indicate yourself what you do or do not want to receive. Unfortunately, you have limited options when it comes to replying to messages (SMS or WhatsApp). You can choose preset answers to answer, but unfortunately there is no keyboard to actually type.
Download Huawei Health app and apps
The Huawei Health app is the heart of the smartwatch. From this app you have access to all your data and statistics, you can download apps via the built-in AppGallery, select watchfaces (and luckily you have a lot of choice from watchfaces!) and you can change various settings. What the app does very well is display your statistics. Are you looking for a specific bike ride from five months ago? You’ve found it within seconds, because everything is displayed incredibly clearly.
From Huawei Health you also have access to the AppGallery, say the Huawei app store. Here you can download apps for the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro. And that offer is unfortunately not that great. You have a lot of vague Asian apps and only a few are useful to us as Europeans. It’s nice that Hue Essentials is available, so you can control your Philips Hue smart bulbs. There is also support for Komoot, Runtastic and Petal Maps. The latter is the Huawei variant of Google Maps and works quite nicely. You have turn-by-turn navigation with these apps, so your smartwatch tells you where to go. Unfortunately, you do not see a real map on the display of the smartwatch.
Do you miss Strava in this list? I can imagine. There is no support for it from Huawei, but luckily there is an excellent solution. It is very easy to sync to Strava via the HealthSync app. This app is not only a godsend for Huawei smartwatches, but works with almost all brands of smartwatches to synchronize data to various apps.
You don’t have to worry about the ban from the United States . Huawei is no longer allowed to use Google apps and services. For example, there is still the old Huawei Health app in the Play Store. You must also download this, but can be brought to the current version directly from the app. Furthermore, you will not notice it at all and you can use this smartwatch on any Android device, except for one drawback. Payment via this smartwatch is not possible, despite the presence of NFC. Google Pay is therefore not supported. And you can’t pay via the Huawei payment system here.
The differences with the regular Huawei Watch GT 3 may not be that big and neither are they when we look at the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. The display is slightly sharper, you have a few more options and it all feels a bit smoother. It makes it difficult to really recommend a switch if you already have the Huawei Watch GT 3 or Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro. The improvements and new functions are all just a bit too sparse for that. On the other hand, how can you make an already excellent smartwatch even better? Huawei has succeeded again.
Conclusion – Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
Are you really looking for a smartphone on your wrist, such as an Apple Watch or Wear OS watch? Then the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro is not for you. Are you looking for a smart watch with a beautiful design, excellent battery life and various sports options? Then this just might be the smartwatch for you. You have all the basic functionalities of a smartwatch at your disposal with notifications, various sensors and sports tracking options, recording phone calls, music control and storage and limited, but well-functioning navigation with Petal Maps, Runtastic and Komoot. We miss a few more available apps, a keyboard to actually return typed messages instead of preset messages and paying via this smartwatch is not possible in the Benelux.
Pros of Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
- Premium design with titanium, sapphire and ceramic
- Many sports functions and sensors
- 14 days battery life
- Music Storage
- Notifications and calling
Negatives of Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
- Few apps available
- Only preset replies to messages
- Payment via this smartwatch is not possible